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    September 7, 2010
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and judge judy and. >> brian: back from iraq, talking about a career, where we had from there over there. >> alisyn: i'll be watching. log on to our web site right now. the economy ahead of the midterm electricals, fox news now confirming the white house wants a $200 billion tax break for businesses and that's just the start of it. another stimulus? if so, basic question: will they create jobs and if so, when? good morning, everybody, i'm bill hemmer, live here in "america's newsroom". martha has the day off. you're back for more pain! >> juliet: yes i am. this is not pain, it's true pleasure being with you! i'm julia issuedy in for martha maccallum. in addition to the $200 billion in tax breaks, the president's plans include $50 billion for infrastructure projects like roads and rail. bill: stuart varney is going
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to break it down for us. what do these plans do with all that money? >> first off, the $50 billion infrastructure program would rebuild or build 150,000 miles of road, 4000 miles of railroad track, 115 miles of airport runways. essentially, that would be paid for with taxes on the oil and gas industries. it's a six-year program, no new jobs created immediately, and much of the criticism is that it is essentially a payoff to the unions. there is a second plan to be unveiled tomorrow, the "wall street journal" saying that this is a $200 billion plan, $200 billion worth of tax breaks for businesses. it would speed up the writeoff, for example, bill, you spend $10,000 on a computer right now, and immediately, that $10,000 comes off your business income, taxable business income. overall, no new jobs created immediately, some say that this is the president
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scrambling because his polls on the economy are looking very, very bad, and both of those plans would require a vote in congress, which is not likely. bill: wow, so here we are, post labor day. i can't think of a bigger issue in the country again today than the economy, frankly. >> oh, it's -- >> bill: pick up on point number two. here's what i hear from you and the ceo, and the people running business necessary america, they won't make decisions because they're not quite sure what washington is going to do next in terms of regulations, what they can and can't do so they keep their hands in their pockets and are sitting on cash, not spending it. but if there's a proposal to give you a tax break on any investment you make on research and development, would that then give some direction to companies who are waiting for just that. >> it would to some companies, but the devil is in the details, you don't know which companies would be eligible for this massive tax break. would it be followed toward green companies, for
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example, followed away from some industries, like pharmaceuticals or oil and gas? you don't know the political can tours of this $200 billion plan, if that's what it is. also, bill, there are dirt cheap loans available to big businesses right now. if they're so intent on expansion and hiring, why don't they just go out and borrow the money at virtually zero interest and get on with it? bill: that's a great point on the loans. where are we now, stuart? folks like you, you take a labor day weekend off and try and size everything up. are we moving the way we want to be moving like the president says? is it just too slow? or do you even boy that? >> we have come off two very bad weeks worth of economic news, where the economy is clearly spiralling down. i think that's the best expression to use. and as the economy has spiraled down, so, too, have the president's poll numbers. that's why there is this scramble, this week, to be shown to be doing something about it.
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bill: stuart, thank you. interesting analysis there. we'll see you at 9:20, fbn, okay? >> yes, sir. bill: stuart varney. big week last week for the market, closing up on friday, better than expected numbers across the board, watching to see how we go today. opening bell, 9:30. juliet: brand new polls, republicans narrowing the voter gap with democrats. when asked who do you trust to lead the nation, democrats lead 40-37 percent, but three months ago, democrats held a 12-point advantage. it's been about four years since republicans have polled this high when it comes to voter confidence. brit hume will give us his expert take on all of this in a few minutes. bill: love that. brit is back! it's a big day around here! stay tuned. on deck, hume! batting cleanup. meanwhile the imam behind the proposed islamic center, now back in the u.s., feisal
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abdul rauf has returned from a 15-day tour to the middle east, it was to promote religious tolerance. he is expected to comment on the mosque plan later this week. when it happens, you'll hear it. juliet. juliet: the sun has risen over colorado river firefighters, giving firefighters a view of the destruction. flames charred 3500 acres northwest of boulder, destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. winds have been gusting at 45 miles per hour, sometimes sending the fires in two directions at once. firefighters are scheduled to hold a news conference, it's going to happen about two hours from now. for those who had to -- to to leave their homes, it's a waiting game to see if they are going to have anything left. >> i'm remaining calm, but i'm terrified. the house has belonged to me and my family for 35 years. and i love it. >> if the house is gone,
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everything is gone. i got out with my laptop and a couple of books. that's about it. >> i stayed in boulder 27 years, i've never seen a fire like this, ever. never seen it. i mean, we always had fires, but this, this looks different. this is devastating. juliet: let's get out to boulder right now, alicia acuna is there. is the city of boulder in danger? >> the winds at this point, juliet, they've been so erratic, especially yesterday, four to 5-mile per hour winds and things are expected to pick thank you very much afternoon. at this point firefighters are saying that the city limits of boulder are not in danger but the city is definitely impacted. i'm standing in boulder right now in front of the building where news conferences will be held to give residents updates on the fire. the air quality here is poor, in fact, so bad that residents have been advised to close their windows and stay indoors because, again, things could get much worse later on this afternoon, and folks are still being evacuated in the area.
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take a listen to this husband and wife: >> this wall of fire, it's coming at you, and i think it's -- i got to get out of here, we got to go now. the last person to go up there, they said no, there was no way anybody was going up there. >> it's a wall of flames, i think the bumper is melted on the front of the van. >> i didn't think you were coming back, i thought you were gone, because it was so bad. i'm glad you're okay. >> four firefighters have lost their homes so far, and those firefighters have been relieved of duty, and juliet, this morning, the task begins of counting the number of homes that have been lost so far. juliet. juliet: what's the plan of attack, alicia for firefighters? what's going to happen today? >> firefighters today are going to take advantage of the calm air this morning. they're hoping to get those bombers back in the air. everything was grounded yesterday because the winds were so bad but beginning at noon mountain time there
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will be a red flame warning in effect until 8:00 p.m. local time, that means the winds are going to be dangerous, that's what's expected, 35-mile an hour gusts, again, juliet. that does not help the situation, it makes it much worse. this fire is still burning out of control and they're having a hard time getting a grasp on it. back to you. juliet: thank you very much for that, and if you have pictures of the wildfires, we'd like to see them. send to you report at foxnews.com and you may actually see your picture on the air, tell us your nail and remember, whatever you do, stay safe. bill: they could use moisture, out there, huh, to down those fires? right about nine minutes past the hour. in a moment, quite a sight outside the office window. move over, spider-man, this daredevil striking another city's skyscraper. you'll see, that is 58 stores tall. juliet: also a warning over a grave threat to u.s. troops, why general petraeus fears an american church could end up costing u.s.
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lives on the battlefield. bill: political campaigns, they might be a recession-proof business in 2010, the lady spending big when it comes to political aspirations. she wants to be governor, she's the former ceo of ebay. meg whitman, live in the studio. she will make her case president don't miss that on "america's newsroom".
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juliet: check out this video, a rescue, a nine-year-old clinged to a rock. check it out, the russian waters sweeping the teen away. fortunately rescuers lifted him to safety, they took him to a nearby ambulance but the teen said he was okay and refused treatment. bill: brave young man. got to be in those circumstances, right? juliet: you do. bill: so the economy is said to be a critical factor in the mid-term elections and
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this "washington post" poll shows it. five # percent of voters disapprove of the way president obama is handling the economy, only 41 percent give him a thumbs up. a lot can change in 56 days but these low numbers are not good for democratic candidates on the trail. fox news senior political analyst bright hume is live in washington and we welcome you back, dear brit, hope you had a great august, missed you. so here we go, 57 percent disapprove on the economy for the president, these are congressional elections, but one could argue this is a referendum on white house polices that moved through a democratic congress, that said, how do you see it today from where you are? >> it is a referendum on white house polices -- polices that ran through congress. congress, though, is where the voting is and congress isn't doing well in the public's approval on any of these issues, either. neither democrats nor republicans are rating very well with the public right now. the problem for democrats is they've been in charge and republicans haven't, and
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under our 2-party system there is basically no way to register a vote against the democrats except by voting for the republicans. the republicans need to be wary, and aware of the fact that their own brand remains stained because of issues that -- well, the very issues that elected a democratic congress and elected barack obama. so these are very bad numbers for democrats, no mistake about it. bill: to your point on that, also in the polling, this will muddy the waters a little here, voters were asked if republicans took control of congress, would it be better or worse, well, they do better by five points, 32 percent-27 percent, but 37 percent say no -- no effect at all. i think that tells us a little something. what the poll points out is it's been years since this polling -- 4-plus years since republicans had an edge in any category whatsoever. so throw that into the mick as you analyze that now. >> well, that's an example of the fact that people don't yet think much of the
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republicans. and the republicans are gaining, because people are very -- a lot of people are very angry, very disappointed, very disaffected, especially independents who are the key swing vote in american politics, with the democrats, and that's going to be to the benefit of the republicans who after all haven't been in charge of anything. so that's what's setting this up for the republicans. the question for the republicans, bill, is whether they're going to come out with a detailed and specific agenda that they run on which would necessarily, if they're going to attack the major problems, contain some pretty strong medicine and open them up to attacks -- attacks from the democrats which have worked in the past for, for example -- for example, on social security, or take other reforms in social security, it will undoubtedly be attacked, falsely in some regards arrests affecting current beneficiaries which none of the proposed plans does, but the question is will they take that risk and if they do take that risk and if they win, then they may be in a different position. they will arguably have a
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mandate, they'll have a set of polices that the voters are aware of and approved of and that gives them something to do if and when they get control of the house and possibly the senate, even if president obama vetoes it all they will be following through on propositions and it might be a more commanding position to have. bill: we're led to believe that's out within the next two weeks. >> we'll see how specific it is. that's the question. is it going to be really detailed, is it going to get down to the nitty gritty or as political consultants almost universally advise, will they be content to simply be general about it, attack obama and the democrats, and allow the current wave of disaffection to sweep as many of them into power as they can get. bill: just to emphasize your .1 more time in the "washington post" polling, who do you trust, democrats, 40 percent, republicans, trailing three-points to 37 percent. put that to the side right now. you mentioned whether or not you can be specific on what your proposals would be if you take control of congress. there will be countless comparisons to 1994 over the
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next 56 days. do you see a comparison? >> oh yeah. bill: how would you evaluate that? >> well, i would say these numbers are worse than the democrats faced in 1994. broady speaking. but the republicans were not in as bad odor as they are now. but still, these numbers are worse. the possibility of just a tremendous washout here is very real, and which all the close races, all the tight ones, all go r and the senate could go as well. that's a distinct possibility. i wouldn't say it's a likelihood but it's a distinct possibility. the thing that's that's restraining this possibility is that number you cited, democrats are still more trusted by a very narrow margin. now, that margin has come down, the trend is not good for the democrats, but there it is. so i would say there's a lot in play here. the democrats are, i think, making a smart move here, they're going to spend a lot of money on a big turnout
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operation to try and invigorate the electorate that brought barack obama and these democrats into power. bill: based on the enthusiasm we're seeing on the republican side and the polls, i mean, the state of virginia, you know very well a few weeks ago in that primary vote, you were up, what, 35 percent in a republican turnout over last time? >> huge. bill: that's substantial. >> you're going to have -- there's no doubt in my mind you're going to have a very big republican turnout and much of it if not most of it will be a protest vote. protest votes are very powerful motivation, not to be underestimated and apathy in midterms with the party in power is also a very distinct problem that occurs tile and again, particularly when times are bad, and times remain bad in the eyes of most americans. americans weren't loving the way the economy was growing when it was growing in the middle years of the bush administration, they certainly aren't happy with it now and they're not going to be happy any time soon. these measures taken now by
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the president i don't think are going to have any noticeable effect. bill: we'll debate if this in 30 minutes with doug schoen and brad blakeman. good to see you. >> i hope so. juliet: such a cool guy. tropical storm hermine barreling into the gulf coast, the mind may be dying down but widespread worries of flash flooding in the area. we're live in the extreme weather center. bill: whoa! yeah, whoa is right! bean bag shot guns, stinger balls and gas grenades, their bark might be bigger than their bite. how do you know how nonlethal weapons affect your target unless you try them out? well, don't try us! try the crash test. we'll show what you this is all about in minutes.
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bill: he is not spider-man, he is skyscraperman and he now faces charges for climbing a 58 story building in san francisco. that little speck on your map is dan goodwin, on the millennium tower, wearing an american flag around his waist. give him points for that. he climbed the tower in three hours, where he was promptly arrested. at least he's patriotic. give him points for that, huh? juliet: god bless america! bill: there you go. juliet: texas is bracing for extensive flash flooding as tropical storm hermine moves further inland. the storm could dump up to a foot of rain in some parts of the lone star state. janice dean is live following all this in the extreme weather center. janice, give us an update. >> reporter: we just saw a live picture of galveston. i want to put that up? flash flood watch for you in galveston. you can see the surf, the surf is high, clouds are in,
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and there is a flag ablowing, because it's very windy. we almost got up to a hurricane status. can you believe, it was a tropical storm for less than 12 hours, and almost reached hurricane status. if you weren't watching tv this weekend you didn't realize we had a tropical storm that made landfall in texas and some of these winds, almost hurricane-force winds, corpus christi, kingsville, up towards brownsville. the legacy of the this storm, though, is going to be the heavy rain and this storm still looks really good. it's a tropical storm, a lot of gulf moisture is feeding into this. we could see a tropical storm for the next several hours and of course we'll bring you the latest, but 45 miles per hour sustained winds, north northwest, 17 miles an hour and it's getting that speed from the gulf. a lot of moisture. so we could see upwards of a foot of rain across portions of texas. also, the threat of tornadoes. tornado watch in effect until 1:00 p.m. local time for parts of coastal texas, including victoria, texas. look at that sweurpl. i mean, that looks like a
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hurricane. it's really quite amazing. so we'll continue to watch it, and of course, flash flood watches and warnings are posted for much of texas in towards oklahoma. so that's going to be the big story today. we'll keep you posted. back to juliet. juliet: i love fall but hurricanes, tropical storms, cold and flu season, unfortunately. >> reporter: the weather is nice in the northeast. juliet: for a while, now, thank you janice. bill: that storm came out of nowhere. nowhere. there are new warnings from the commander in afghanistan, why general petraeus says a church in florida could put u.s. forces around the world in even more danger. his warning, and -- >> juliet: new york city mayor michael bloomberg put on the spot. >> could i ask you a question, please? jewel jal what the mayor had to say about the mosque near ground zero, coming up.
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bill 9:30 in new york now. there is new information as general petraeus warns american troops could be put in severe danger in a florida church goes ahead with plans to burn copies of the curran on september 11t1th. the general says that move could enrage muslims and threaten u.s. soldiers and marines overseas. this was the scene in afghanistan, hours ago.
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so you have several dozen if not hundreds there already taking to the streets in protest of that kh*eusan church -- christian church in florida but the u.s. pastor is not backing down and the black panther group is involved at this point. here's what happened in gainesville. >> a tkpwra*eupbsville church is planning to burn the curran on september 11th, now as we get closer to that group, groups like the black panthers are showing up to condemn this church's action. >> members of the new black panther party showed nup gainesville to let this church know it's outraged by its plan to burn the curran. >> i believe in peace but if you address me i'm going to fight back. >> the church plans to burn the holy book saturday on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the pastor's plan has reached all the way to afghanistan, where today, hundreds of demonstrators burned a cardboard effigy of the gainesville pastor terry jones. >> we are not surprised at all that they are responding if that way because that is
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the nature of sharia law that, is the nature of violent islam. >> the black panthers say they want president obama and governor charlie crist to stand up and condemn the church's plan. they are also hoping jones changes his mind. >> we basically want to warn pastor jones if he attempts to burn the curran he is going to incyte violence that he won't be able to bear and divide muslims and christians, when we should be sitting down at the table to resolve our differences. >> the black panthers say they'll be back tkpwa*bg in saturday in numbers to show this church and the world they won't stand for religious hatred but the church pastor says nothing will stand in his way. >> we think the message is that important, we also think we cannot back down just because of fear, because if we back down, it won't make iz -- islam any more moderate. bill: that is fox 30 out of jacksonville, florida. we'll have more on general petraeus' comments, what
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he's saying about this on camera in the next hour. stay tuned for that development. juliet: the aclu, american civil liberties union, known for its controversial stances, but its latest stand leaving critics wondering has the civil group gone too far, filing a lawsuit on behalf of a muslim cleric, anwar al-awlaki, seeking to stop the obama administration from targeting the al-qaeda leader for assassinationings. he is the yemen based person, he is getting a target on his back after u.s. intel linked him in recent attempts for terror attacks on u.s. soil. let's bring in andrew napolitano. >> good morning. juliet: i was a little surprised that you're actually back in the -- backing the aclu on this one. >> the aclu is on the side of the constitution. the constitution says if someone is waging war on the united states of america -- if an american is waging war on the united states, that person is entitled to a trial.
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that's called treason. and you have to have two witnesses to the same overt act and they give a trial before a jury of their peers. >> it doesn't change if he has u.s. and yemeni citizenship? >> no, it doesn't change. the problem the president tkpropbt social security we don't have an extradition treaty with yemen and like most countries yemen will not extradite someone here for prosecution without an extradition treaty, so the president if he believes this person is committing a crime has the obligation of getting him here in front of a federal court. he can't kill him, the constitution prohibits it, and federal law prohibits it. now, if this guy takes a gun in his hand and shoots at american soldiers, of course they can shoot back, but if he's just uttering words, even hateful words, even incendiary words, even words that are telling others to kill americans, they are just words, and they are protected by the first amendment. juliet: do you think this will come back to haunt the president? >> if he kills him? >> juliet: yes. >> absolutely it will haunt the president, it will
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expose the president personally to prosecution for murder once he leaves office. juliet: explain that. >> well, another president, another attorney general, at some time, a barack obama at some time will not be president of the united states, either because he'll serve two terms and can't serve a third or because he won't be elected to a second term and someone else will occupy the white house, perhaps with a different attitude about the constitution, and will say this was an act of murder and i'm going to prosecute him. he could also be prosecuted by an attorney general in the united states, depending upon where he may be at the time the order is done. juliet: if this happens, do you think that's likely? >> no, i think it's unlikely to happen. i think we learned a terrible lesson in the impeachment of bill clinton about what happens to the president when its eye is off the ball, as bill clinton's was, when he was more concerned about impeachment than he was about being president. so i don't think there will be a prosecution while he's president. what's going to happen after he leaves office will depend upon who replaces him. but he has to uphold the
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constitution and the federal laws and they couldn't be clearer, the president can't kill people. juliet: do you think this guy is ever going to see a courtroom in the united states? >> well, in the past, when people have violated american law or when the federal government thinks they violated american law, and we have not had an extradition treaty, the government has dispatched agents to kidnap that person. i'm not in favor of this, however, federal courts will allow this. they don't care how the person gets in the courtroom, whether they came there voluntarily or not. but at least in the courtroom, you have an opportunity to defend himself. he has no opportunity to defend himself if an agent shoots him in yemen because the president hates or fears his words. juliet: always good to see you sir, thank you judge. >> pleasure. bill: that vacation was good for you! >> juliet: fired up! bill: welcome back, judge. more law enforcement agencies across the country, are they using more options rather than deadly force? that means instead of a gun, police are uing nonlethal
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weapons like grenades and bean bag shot guns, but there are concerns and orlando salinas is in florida, live from miami. good morning. orly. >> reporter: the biggest concern was, was anyone out there, third party organizations, actually testing these weapons before they actually make it into the stands of law enforcement? i learned an awful lot about how dangerous it be in testing weapons. i went to fort myers, florida, weri, the weapons and equipment research institute, says it is the only facility of its kind in the country that tests all kinds of nonlethal weapons ammunitions. take a look, take a listen: >> whoa! the weapons and equipment research institute in fort myers, florida is the only private facility in america that tests exclusively nonlethal weapons used by law enforcement. the department of alcohol, tobacco and firearms issues licenses to make weapons but
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no federal agency tests lethal weapon toss make sure they work as advertised before police use them on the streets. >> i could make weapons in my garage and sell them, and if i have good marketing, people will buy them, no matter how bad they are. >> weri pays full retail for all the products it tests. much like consumer reports. and it's funded by and reports its findings to the national institute of justice. >> reputable weapons manufacturers on their own test over and over, and say third party evaluations are a good idea. >> i think it's a valuable resource. it's a valuable service. ultimately, the responsibility is on the manufacturer. >> weri does not accept any kind of donations from any of these gun manufacturers
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or any of the munition manufacturers. also, bill, it does not allow any of its employees to invest in any way at all in any of these gun making companies. bill: orlando, interesting stuff there. orlando salinas, live from miami today, thank you, orly. also breaking news on the streets of paris, france. check this out. the protests on behalf of french workers, the unions over there are stationed -- rather, staging nationwide strikes and protests as the french parliament gets ready to debate the pension reform plan now being proposed by the president, nicolas sarkozy. part of the proposal would raise the retirement age two four-months, a full two years, to the age of six on -- from 60 to 62. they can be heard today on the streets of paris. we'll see where it goes. and we've seen that, frankly, out of control in the streets of france. so more on that in a moment here. juliet: well, we have more
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earthquakes to report. minor earthquakes hitting u.s. cities like oklahoma, california. but is the country ready for a big one? bill: also president obama in campaign mode this week, and now the gop is hitting back. we'll debate it on a sunny tkphaeu september. nothing but blue skies. >> ♪ >> ♪ blue skies, smiling at me. >> ♪ >> ♪ nothing but blue skies, do i see. >> ♪ >> ♪
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juliet: the controversy over a planned islamic center near ground zero at a popular parade in new york city, we showed you mayor bloom become brushing off questions about the prom, that one of the center's investors donated to an islamic charity. let's listen when the mayor finally gave reporter
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charles leaf his question a shot, listen: >> one of the developers of this project contributed to a terrorist organization in 1999, in any way, sir, does this change the situation for you, do you continuing warrants at least further investigation? >> i think the constitution of the united states which we've had for an awful long time can withstand anything, and i don't think we should be in the business of investigating where religious organizations get their money. do you want them to go into your church or temple or mosque and ask where all the money comes from? i don't think so. this is plain and simple a first amendment issue. juliet: the islamic charity in question was the holyland foundation, the feds shuting it down back in 2001 after it was found that the organization was funneling money to the mosque. bill: as promised, 30 minutes ago, we were talking about brit hume here, president obama in campaign mode, revving up a few
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thousand union members in milwaukee, telling them he has a laser focus on the economy and casting republicans as a party of no, including a weather forecast of sorts. this from yesterday afternoon: >> when it comes to just about everything we've done, to strength -- strengthen our middle class, to rebuild our economy, almost every republican in congress says no. zone things we usually agree on, they say no. if i said the sky was blue, they'd say no! >> [laughter] >> if i said fish live in the sea, they'd say no! >> [laughter] >> bill: is the pope catholic? brad blakeman, doug schoen, gentlemen, good morning! >> good morning. bill: a couple funny lines out there, you'd give him that much, doug. what's his strategy? >> his strategy is pretty
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clear, take it to the republicans. it's pretty clear from thing and i think brad would agree that the democrats are very unpopular. the only people who are frankly less popular than the democrats are the republicans and particularly the republican congressional leadership. so the president is trying to -- trying to cast them as the party of no, to say they're obstructing important legislation. bill: in your polling, and you do a lot of this, does this thing work? >> it's compared to what? it works better than saying president obama has done a good job, give him a mandate and while i don't think it's going to get the democrats over the finish line it might minimize the losses. bill: brad, what about that? is this one of the few fights the president could put up when you look at the economic figures, 9.6 unemployment, we will show you the washington post -- "washington post" poll about whether the country approves of his handling of the economy. >> look, desperate people do desperate things. this president's polices have not been working. as doug said, he can't run
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on the platform of look at all i've done for you, reelect us and we'll do more. this is the only argument they have. it's falling on deaf ears as we've seen by the polls. that's not going to work, bill. in 2008, they gave him the key to the kingdom, the house, the senate and white house, and there's not much the republicans could have done. but i'll tell you what the republicans should do. we shouldn't be the party of no, we should be the party of hell no to the obama polices. the american people understand that the obama polices have not worked for the economy, so it's the republicans' policy that is have to be given a shot. bill: john boehner is playing your song. he said if we've learned anything from the past 18 months it's that we can't spend our way to prosperity. we need to end washington democrats' out of control spending spree, stop tax hikes and create jobs by eliminating job uncertainty that is hampering small businesses. that's from john boehner. i mentioned unemployment, look at the figure on the screen in a moment, 9.6%,
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that's where america is today, the millions that have been looking for work for six months plus, some of them, a year, even more than that. "washington post" poll, out earlier today, do you approve or disapprove of the way the president is handling the economy. 57 percent say they don't like it. you stack up all that against the campaign mode that we've seen the white house go in and you have president obama on the stump talking this way. roll this from milwaukee: >> our middle class doesn't just provide this crisis. i want it to thrive. i want it to be stronger than it was before. and over the last two years, that's meant taking on some powerful interests. some powerful interests who have been dominating the agenda in washington for a very long time. and they're not always happy with me. they talk about me like a dog! but that's in my prepared remarks! bill: that's not in my
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prepared remarks! i guess he was off prompter on that. does that work? >> well, this is a campaign against the special interests. this is sort of pour u lism, it's the next level of response to the blame the republicans. the president does have a reservoir of good will. people like him, and where john boehner goes wrong is by just opposing and objecting so strenuously without any ideas of his own, and what obama is trying to say is look, i'm a good guy, trying my best and they're going way too far. again, i don't think it gets the democrats over the finish line, bill, but it speaks to the mood of the american people, which are not in the mood for this. bill: brad, does he have a point? do you win on personality points? >> absolutely not. this president has put ideology above public policy. it's not what the american people need. it's what the democrats want. because they understand the power is fleeting. but let me say this. president obama is as much up for reelection in the mid terms as he will be in 2012. this is as much about
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president obama's polices, as it is the congress, who spent all the money. bill: it's a referendum on him, you're saying? >> absolutely. bill: thank you men, 56 days earnings brad blakeman, doug schoen. you guys are great panel. >> thank you very much. bill: head to foxnews.com/"america's newsroom", click on the bya box and leave your question there. also shoot me an e-mail, juliet, hemmer, foxnews.com, find me on twit e. and my cell phone number is --! because you asked, bya. online right now. juliet: she has run one of the most expensive campaigns in u.s. history to win the golden state top job. former ebay chief meg whitman joining us on "america's newsroom". bill: she's here live. and a red faced explanation on why paris hilton sailed through her mugging and book shot twice as fast as we would. juliet: but we wouldn't get
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there in the first place! >> bill: good point.
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bill: so police in las vegas, defending paris hilton's quick release from jail after her arrest on a felony drug charge. officers arrested the 29-year-old, two weeks ago after pulling over her boyfriend. police say they smelled marijuana and the story goes from there. hilton made it out of jail in about three hours, half the time it would take the average person facing a similar charge in vegas. police admit they did skpaoe indict her booking process. they admit it was necessary to avoid destruction at the overcrowded jail. hilton is due to appear in court in late october to face charges of cocaine possession.
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vegas! juliet: parents are always peppering kids are the usual questions, where are you going, what are you doing, who you with. now software is helping parents answer the questions on their own but critics worry parents may not know what they're signing up for. claudia cowen, this was interesting, tell us about this. >> reporter: juliet, as they head out the door a growing number of students are being carefully tracked not only by their teachers at school but by parents at home. a new wave of family tracking technology is raising concerns about online privacy, but parents say for them it's all about safety. >> before sending her kids off to school in livermore, colorado, megan harvey puts gps devices in their backpacks and logs on to life 360, one of a dozen new family monitoring services that for a fee lets her virtually follow along as her husband walks seven-year-old patrick and five-year-old cheyenne to school. >> it's just making sure they got where they were supposed to be and end of
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story. >> but some critics argue family tracking apps could create a false sense of security, for instance, if the child becomes separated from the device that's supposed to be tracking them. internet privacy experts also caution that if mom can see a map of her kids whereabouts, so can someone else. >> before a parent decides to implement this technology they need to ask some really hard questions of the company offering it, they need to know what kind of informs is being gathered, how long is it being kept, who has access to it, when is it going to get deleted. >> technology analysts say the advent of gps family tracking raises new moral and legal issues, but services like life 360 contend in the future, most electronic devices will contain location features. >> it is really a new world and parents are really adopting this technology at a very quick rate. >> reporter: parents, yes, but whether kids like patrick and cheyenne will like being tracked as teenagers remains to be seen. juliet. juliet: i think my mom would say you're a kid, you don't have a right to privacy!
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that would be her answer. thank you very much. bill: you want privacy? you've got what i consider private! more on the protest in afghanistan over a curran burning in florida. have you heard about this? there are new developments and why the u.s. commander general petraeus says this could all go very badly for u.s. forces. juliet: the judge was here a while ago and didn't take too kindly to that, either. in paris, unions taking to the streets, protesting a proposed rise in the retirement age. we'll be live in paris. bill: could that happen here? there's a new report paint ago bleak picture when it comes to pensions around the country. a $3 trillion crisis? will the government end up bailing out the unions to the tune of $3 trillion? charlie gasparino on that and more when we continue, top of the hour.
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bill: 10:00 in new york, good morning, everybody, freedom of expression could put every american in the american military serving overseas at risk. that is from general david petraeus, screen right, a florida pastor, getting ready for an organized koran-burning, the man in the middle of the screen, dr. terry jones, planning to send the islamic holy book up in smoke on september 11th. brand new hour of "america's newsroom," this is a developing story, good morning to you, i'm bill hemmer. how are you doing over there, huddy. juliet: i'm doing well, i'm in for martha, she'll be back, sorry to talk over you. bill: manana, she'll be back. juliet: dr. jones, leader of the dove world outreach center in gainesville, florida is an out spoken activist against radical islam. and listen to this: >> we realize the action would probably offend the muslims,
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like i am offended when they burn the bible or they burn the american flag, and, we have tried to make it clear, in america we have freedom of religion and freedom of speech and they are more than welcome to be here and worship, and more than welcome to build mosques, what we are aiming at, is that radical element that we feel is much larger than our politicians want us to believe. bill: more developments now, out of washington, steve centanni picks up the story and reaction from david petraeus is what, steve? >> reporter: well, the general, bill is worried the burning of the koran could make his job much harder, with hundreds of people marching in the streets of kabul, afghanistan. and, burning american flags, and, in protest over these plans, the general is speaking out, quite plainly about the controversy, as you know, he's trying to win the hearts and minds of muslims in afghanistan, and, hoping to show they were not -- we're not at war with islam but with the band of violent extremists and the general re acted this way, in the statement, saying were the
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actual burning to take place, safety of soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and the accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult and images of the burning of accor ran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in afghanistan, and around the world, to in flame public opinion and incite violence and the general had no comments by the way, last month, when asked by fox news whether the debate over the mosque in lower manhattan was playing directly into the hands of the taliban. bill. bill: petraeus is weighing in on this and other reaction, u.s. side, to this is what? >> reporter: well, the u.s. embassy in kabul, where there is the demonstration, concern about the impact of the small group of about 50 people, who belong to this dove world outreach center in gainesville, florida and the embassy in kabul, saying the u.s. government in no way condones such acts of disrespect, against the religion of islam and, is deeply concerned about the deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups and
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the national association of evangelicals and the national council of churches also denouncing that plan to burn the koran. bill. bill: it is early in the day and i imagine we'll get more throughout the day, steve, thanks, we'll be in touch, in washington, working that story. juliet. juliet: along the southern border with mexico the white house says beefed up security is working. the administration points to research that claims apprehension of illegals in down. and, we checked out a remote corner of southeast arizona, an area well traveled by human smugglers and begins in mexico and ends near see you' see sier california. >> reporter: and the border patrol does not keep records on those who get through, but it keeps numbers on those the u.s. has and pre-prendz and --
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and pre apprehends, and, the route has never been more busy. >> you will not see any border patrol along the border, nobody watches the ramp at all. >> reporter: he drives the road daily and he sees is not what washington says. >> janet napolitano says the border has never been more secure and yet you have ranchers in southeastern arizona who say we have never seen it any worse. what is right. >> statistically, she's right. honestly, she's absolutely wrong. >> reporter: unlike heavily fortified border cities, yuma, san diego, areas in between are not. while it's true the number of illegal immigrants caught is down it doesn't mean the border is secure and you can see how easy it is to jump over the border here and the problem begins in the heavy, rugged brush and once the group is here, it is difficult to find and there is no cameras here at all. and, in the last hour-and-a-half, we have only seen two border patrol agents and the day-and-a-half i can be
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over those mountains into sierra vista and gone for good. >> agents tell me at any time, day or night, 3 to 500 illegals cross the money. >> the influx is so intense and relentsless the people who live here often call it an invasion. >> reporter: the rancher's video, provided for the immigration studies shows them running and no border patrol in sight. >> they ultimately get in, once they set for the u.s. and 95 to 99 and some years, 100%, and... >> border patrol sells you one in four they catch and some regions, one of three. >> it's not secure when the border patrols apprehends 1 in 2.6. >> reporter: we don't have the replacement number, juliet, if 100 people leave are 90
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replacing them and they tell us only when the economy recovers will we know whether the money and manpower we put down is working because, remember, it is the job magnet that brings people here. juliet: great report, william lajeunesse, thanks and the administration is looking at spending more money to help fight mexico's drug war and now the feds fork over $1.4 billion, and the white house could send an additional 26 million, if, quote, significant progress is made on human rights issues, in mexico. and, sources from the white house say president obama's used the joint anti-drug effort as a top priority. bill: breaking news, now, some of europe's biggest cities, massive strikes happening today in london, paris. and, this is brand new videotape into "america's newsroom" out of paris, in france, union workers, check that, a live picture now, as the smoke from -- from the flare in the background, union workers in france upset over plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 and now are
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walking off the job and cutting service from the subways and the trains and the bus and the planes and the post offices and schools now shut down in areas. greg palkot is caught in the middle of all of this, live in paris. how serious are they, gregg. >> reporter: in fact we are making our way out of the crowd after being in it, the past couple of hours, summer is over and it is back to work time and in france, back to protest time and hundreds of thousands take the streets after, as you said, much of paris was shut down and trains and subways and schools and public buildings, by massive strikes, involving the 7 main unions in this country. and they are upset about a move by the government, a move that the government says is necessary, to reform their pension program, social security program, the mandatory retirement age, get ready, they move from 60 to 62. and the folks here in france are not happy about it. again, we spoke to a close aide of president sarkozy, taking a
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lot of the heat for this and they said, they've got to do it and are going bankrupt on their pension side, and, they have to basically go in line with the rest of the european countries, who are also moving in the direction, bill, and, we're also, by the way, seeing a lot of protests. bill: nicholas sarkozy, debating this in parliament and how does it stand for him? how is he handling this, greg. >> reporter: the trigger, bill, there are debates now, going on, starting today, in parliament, and, they figure it will pass but it will take another month or so, and sarkozy is in trouble, deep trouble, you know? we talk about president obama's approval ratings and, his rating 32%, it has never been that low and he has been making other moves, too, and might compromise on some of these measures, but, we -- again we talked to a close aide of his and they say they'll hold their ground and he's making other political moves, all of this summer has been active at... romas, here, gypsies, a lot of the people in
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france don't care much more and he's making political hay on the right side of the pll spectrum because of that. and he said it is for security and he says it is for, to tighten up the immigration rules and obviously, he's now fighting for his political life, and, guess what, bill? his re-election date, hmm... 2012, a lot of people are thinking ahead. bill: greg palkot live on streets of paris, he said at the beginning, he's caught in the middle of this and we're lucky to get him on the phone, given the hundreds, if not thousands of people on the streets of the french capital and, it is happening in london, too, and we'll follow the story for you, on a related matter, $3 trillion, how much state pension plans in the u.s. are in the red, coast-to-coast and guess who may have to pay for all of that? juliet: also a crazed gunman storms a military hospital, he takes three hostages, and one of those hostages, a savvy soldier, ended the stand off without lifting a finger. bill: that is not a leftover
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criminals decoration, not even halloween and not what the pilot had in mind. >> i bet i wasn't two feet from where the nose of the plane is in my house, i just shut my door, so if the plane nose is right here, i was a foot away! i don't know about blessed, but boy, i feel lucky. bill: she is and she'll be live here to tell us what she saw. it was her neighborhood. luckily it wasn't her house. activia's great new taste?
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bill: breaking news outside of our nation's capital, washington, d.c., montgomery county police say a domestic situation along rock forest drive closed part of i-270 in montgomery county and authorities sayings a man fired a gun, fired gun shots at his ex-girlfriend and fled and she
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is not hurt and police are searching the area, there's a school in that area, walter johnson high school and a middle school, known as tildan middle school and are placed on code blue as a precaution and no one is allowed in or out, breaking news, and hopefully police have it taken care of and we'll let you know if they don't, juliet, 14 after the hour. juliet: courage under fire defusing deadly stand off at a military hospital, fbi and the army teaming up to investigate a hostage crisis at fort stewart, a crazed patient entered the community hospital armed with 4 guns and the suspect grabbed one medic and went to a third floor and took two more hostages and one was a psychiatric nurses, who convinced the guy to surrender. >> one of the soldiers he took hostage, a psychiatric nurse, began talking to the soldier and trying to calm him down, and the soldier was very agitated. >> two soldiers appeared to step forward and one an enlisted
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soldier who works on the behavioral health ward who stepped from behind a locked door to prevent this potential gunman from entering our behavioral health floor. juliet: officers conduct and active shooter training exercise and everybody there was well prepared. bill: economists now warn it could be the next economic catastrophe, state employee pension plans, all across the country, 31 different states now running on fumes. $3 trillion in the red. how in the world did we get here? the president saying he feels the pain of the american worker who is now pushing forward with what he thinks will help dig america out of the economic hole and on that here is the president. >> president barack obama: we give tax cuts, but we give them to folks who need them and give them to small business owners, we are giving them to clean energy companies, we cut taxes for 95% of working americans, just like a promised you, during the campaign.
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you all got a tax cut. bill: then can a $3 trillion bailout help save your pension in charlie gasparino is author of the book "bought and paid for", and is a senior correspondent with the fox business network, $3 trillion, in 31 states. >> lots of overpromising and underdelivering and the problem is there is not much you can do other than negotiate with the unions and my father worked for the new york city sanitation department and i come from a union background and have family members in the educational department and they cut contracts, in those contracts there is the stipulation for pensions and it is sort of baked in, now, is there a way for the municipality to deal with it, they have to bring both sides of the table and negotiate and you cannot do it unilaterally. bill: you have to change the contract. the contract negotiated a year ago, ten years ago, 30 years
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ago. >> public officials, though, need to get reelected. bill: kellogg graduate school of management, northwestern university, 31 states headed for financial disaster by the year 2030 and it gets worse, if you eliminated all generous early retirement dials, if you raised the retirement age in america to age 74, you would still be a trillion dollars short. >> let's put in the context, under -- this is a static analysis with the stock market as it is now, and, you do see a booming stock market, i am not predicting that, by the way, i don't do that sort of stuff but the calculations will change and even with that, yes, we are -- public pensions are headed for fiscal armageddon and, think about it. do we'd have a guaranteed pension? we have 401(k)s and we put our money in and hope the stock market goes up or plan for the future and reinvest right and they have a guaranteed benefit, not a guaranteed contribution, that means, in the contract, it is guaranteed -- guarantees their benefits and that is almost unheard of. bill: listen, we did the story out of paris and i don't know if
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you saw the videotape but they are in the streets, by the thousands in paris, they don't want the retirement age to go from 60 to 62 and we have seen it in london, greece a few months ago and some are suggesting that the federal government will step in here, locally. and, bail out the unions. >> i think it depends on the administration. i really don't think there is a lot of political group appetite for bailouts, after what happened with wall street, who gets bailed out while main street gets screwed and i don't think they have the stomach for it but the administration is tight with public employee unions, sciu, and you name it, and, this administration is conducive to a bailout and whether there is the political will, i don't know. bill: "an unholy alliance", thank you. check hint out m out. juliet: a plane makes a nose-dive into somebody's home. >> the engine stopped and then you heard this huge boom! and i knew something had
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happened. i spoke to him, and he said, the airplane went into a stall, and, he couldn't get out of the stall. there it is. the airport is right there. juliet: what a dramatic survival story and there's a neighbor, right there, and she's joining us next. bill: unrests in l.a., protesters hurling all kinds of things at police, several people arrested, we'll explain what led to the violence in los angeles.
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bill: violence stleents of -- on the streets of l.aos angeles, or the shooting of an immigrant, and, they were hurling bottles at police and the man was shot dead on sunday and police say he refused orders to drop a knife and instead moved toward
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officers, with that knife. juliet: imagine this. you are sitting at home, relaxing when a plane comes crashing through the roof and it happened near portland, oregon when a small plane stalled and did a nose-dive and amazingly, the homeowner, her dog, the pilot, they are all okay, joining us on the phone is betty mason, she lives next-door to the crash site, are you there. >> caller: yes, i'm here. juliet: good to have you on, appreciate i what were you doing. >> caller: we were butchering a lamb, if you can believe it, and, wrapping it for the freezer. juliet: all of a sudden you hear what. >> caller: we heard the loud bang, boom. whatever. and, went running out, and our neighbor sally was hollering for help. and, so, the lady across the treat called 911, and i went over, and, she was trying to get her dog out of the house, and the gas from the plane was
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getting all over the inside of the house, the carpet, et cetera, it was pretty atrocious. juliet: did you see the pilot. >> yes, we saw the pilot. the pilot was not in the plane, then, somehow or another he got out when i got there, and, he was up on the roof, setting sith his legs hanging over the side of the roof, and, he had a cut on his head and he was bleeding and my husband came and grabbed the ladder and helped him down off the roof. juliet: what was sally saying? was she totally shocked. >> caller: well, yes. she was, well, she was shocked, but she was more interested in getting you know, her dog out of there, and getting both of us out of there, just in case, you know, there would be an explosion with all of the gas coming and my husband ran and shut the power off to the building, too, and so that -- that scenario. juliet: do you think sally will
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be able to live in the house again -- >> caller: no. i think it is a total loss. it is still -- it still smells of gas, when you walk in there. and, aviation gas is so much stronger than the gas we use in our automobiles. juliet: betty, thank you very much for telling us what you saw there, and what you heard, and not every day that you see a plane fly into your house. and -- >> caller: no, i should say not and i understand this is a human interest story, but i'll tell you, we have had more people coming here from the media, and everything, and it will be nice to go back to normal! juliet: hopefully that will happen soon, thanks, betty. >> caller: you're welcome, she's a big fan of yours. bill: got for betty! juliet: not that everyone isn't, bill. bill: they are cooking the lamb... and the plane comes in, these things don't go together, do they now? juliet: we laugh now, because everybody is objections. bill: everybody is all right. it is perhaps the best
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governor's race this november and the former ceo of ebay, meg whitman, wants the job in california. and she is here live in studio, in minutes and she'll make her case, also, check out incredible surveillance video, the massive earthquake down under in new zealand. watch the ground roll and move there. on this side of the world a number of small quakes, shaking parts of the u.s., a siphgn of bigger things to come? when they say the ground moves, it means something.
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bill: so, 30 in -- evacuations underway in colorado and wildfires there and firefighters holding a news conference top of the hour and we'll get the latest on what is happening in the mountain state and a flight attendant who flipped out on the jetblue flight due in court this morning, steven slater is his name and he's expected to plead not guilty, facing up to 7 years behind bars for felony reckless endangerment and criminal mischief and remnants of tropical storm hermine, unleashing heavy rains and threatening flash floods in eastern texas including the big city of houston, which has a flood watch in place, tim later tonight, hold on, there, down in texas. unofficial end of summer, means the 2010 campaign season is now in full swing and, nowhere can you find a better example of the battle waged across the country than the key swing state of
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ohio. in that state, democratic governor ted strickland is fighting to hold on to his job and face is a tough challenge from republican and former ohio congressman john kasich, carl cameron is camped out in ohio, live in cambridge today, carl, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, bill, you can admit you are envious and we know this is your home state, and, the buckeye state has one heck of a battle going this year and it is not the governor's race, there is a senate and house race, too, and the race for the corner office, the chief executive's office, it is a real battle, and, there is a tremendous amount at stake, ted strickland is a one-term governor and former congressman, and, the economy here is very weak, he acknowledges that it is hurting him, and the state budget is facing a huge $8 billion deficit. and, the republican challenger, john kasich, chaired the house budget committee during the '90s when the federal budget got
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balance and he's attacking hard on the race and ohio, being the bellwether that so often depicts the rest of the nation's political direction, and, there is true significance here. across the country, let's look at the first look at the national map. we have 37 states, that have governor's offices up for grabs, this fall. of those 37, 19 of them are currently being defended by democrats, and, republicans are incumbents in 18 states and there you see the second graphic, where we have divided it, blue and red, based on party incumbency and when you look at the democratic races here, those 19 democratic seats, fully a dozen of them, right now, show polls where republicans are either leading or have pulled within the margin of error and face the possibility of up setting democratic incumbents and it could be a huge swing to republicans in the corner state house offices, the reason governors' offices are so important is because no other
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politician has as deep a political organization an ability to touch the grassroots, governors matter most, more than congressmen and u.s. senators because they are always in the local news, ohio is one where republicans are incoming on t k door as they are in 32 races across the country. bill: when -- strickland was popular, and, how is he fighting back on the economy and is he using a strategy that other democratic governors, across the country, may be using, too. >> reporter: in both cases the answer is yes, against him what strickland argues is he left congress and ran unsuccessfully for the republican nomination wae went to work for wall street and in strickland's character zigs,
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-- characterization, ignored the middle class and he is making the argument that the g.o.p. is no longer what it used to be, and it has been taken over by what he calls, tea party radicalses and extremists, guilt by association, he's trying to go after john kasich and asserting he's buoyed in the polls by radicals and that is a tough argument to make in ohio, a long entrenched republican establishment, that has been over the years considered fairly mainstream and he was a firebrand in the '90s as the chairman of the budget committee and helped drag bill clinton to the table to balance the budget. and to cast him as a tea party extremist will be a tough sell and that is why the polls are close and kasich has the advantage of a tough economy and a democrat to run against. bill: thank you, the buckeye stated, cambridge, ohio, good going, carl cameron, on the campaign trail. juliet: massive earthquake rocking new zealand over the weekend and this is brand new surveillance video of that
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earthquake when it was hitting, extremely strong, 7.1 and, amazing, you can see the store shaking, nobody died and plenty of damage and the tremors are not over, there are 100 aftershocks hitting since saturday and at least 20 last night and far away in america's heartland, speaking of, oklahoma, last weekend, there were 6 small earthquakes on saturday, alone. and one in california, recently, and, so is the u.s. ripe for a big one? john bruntedal is a seismologist and a distinguished professor at the university of california. >> good morning. juliet: let's start with the oklahoma earthquakes, they were small, 200 small quakes, last year and the recent ones were fairly small? >> yes, in oak, they have a region near jones, oklahoma that has a number of earthquakes, in fact, several last weekend, where a couple were magnitude 3 or larger and the largest one this year was something like a magnitude 4, on february 27th. and they are having a bit more
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than usual, but, not terribly out of the ordinary for oklahoma. actually. juliet: do you understand why? why would they be having more. >> it is not really clear. oklahoma has a fault in south central oklahoma called the mir's fault, and slipped 3 to 5 meters a thousand years ago and more interestingly the rift in the central part near st. louis, the area responsible for the 1811-1812 earthquake sequence that rerouted the mississippi is an example of mid common where you have more quakes that are significant. juliet: the 1811-1812, and mibi was a young child then... and, tell us about that. bells buying rung. >> bells were being rung in church steeples in new england and damage in washington, d.c. and for example, there was also
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the earthquake in 1886, august 31st, that destroyed charleston, south carolina and the east coast is by no means safe from earthquakes, 1855. the -- 1755. the earthquake that destroyed what was in boston, at the time. and, so, yes. indeed, california is not the only place with earthquakes. juliet: the big question and i'm sure a lot of folks in oklahoma, california, wonders when will the big one hit and where? >> when is the big one? the most likely place would be in california. probably, southern california, and they have a 50%, 25 -- more like 25 to 30% of the entire u.s. earthquake risk there, california itself has about 50% of the earthquake risk, and, it is a major problem and we saw the easter sunday baja earthquake on april 4th, and, almost came into california and it was from mexicali down south to a place auldel myor and that was a magnitude 7.2 earthquake and did $700 million worth of
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damage. juliet: we are showing video now of the baja quake and new zealand, is that an unusual place to have an earthquake. >> by no means and we have the web site, open hazards.com and you can look at some information from all around the world. and, new zealand is actually on what is called a seduction zone and the pacific plate is reaching under the new zealand plate and the town of wellington in 1855 was destroyed by a magnitude 8 earthquake and the north part of the south island of new zealand, actually there was a magnitude 7 earthquake, that occurred, that killed perhaps 3 people, i think, so, they have frequent earthquakes in the new zealand area. juliet: we're watching and waiting. no fun would be in a earthquake, thanks for joining us, we appreciate it. seismologist, thank you. >> thank you. bill: "fox news alert," juliet, from overseas, in pakistan, we're hearing from the government now, a large explosion has ripped through a police compound in the northwestern part of that
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country, and nehit a training facility and a commercial area and several homes said to have collapse and fear many casualties and more as we get it and it follows up violence from a few days ago, in pakistan, when dozens were killed there, too and continues yet again in a different part of the country and in the meantime, all the flooding continues, pakistan is taking a lot at the moment. in california, they are facing the worst financial crisis in the nation. so, who has the right stuff to bring the golden state back into the black, you wonder? a career politician screen right takes on a self-made business tycoo tycoon, screen left, meg whitman is live in the studio and she'll make her case to be the governor in the golden state. juliet: forget about medical marijuana, a psychedelic doubling of a prescription drug. ♪ ♪ and your mind is moving
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call the number on your screen. >> i'm jon scott, along with jenna lee, we'll see you in 15 minutes, and when we do, three months since the u.n. passed sanctions against iran and no movement yet, what are the iranians up to? new concerns we'll share with you, also, democrats have real concerns, we'll tell you about what new polling shows about what voters think about republicans, and their handling of the country. >> and this story, a lot of us have been on vacation and imagine coming home from vacation to open up your cell phone bill and finding a $10,000 charge. >> ouch! >> that your kids racked up. we'll talk to the mother, part of the family, she blames facebook and they are not the only ones and we'll have the conversation and more, coming up at the top of the hour, see you then. juliet: a study finds taking a trip can help cancer patients
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but not the type of trip you might think, according to researchers the key ingredient in magic mushrooms can improve their quality of life and just one session elevated their moods and lessened anxiety up to 6 months. and the drug has mind altering effects like the enhancement of colors and hallucination and they all had advanced cancers and were suffering from anxiety. >> the kind of rainy day fund we need today but don't have, i find... solar and wind and renewable energy, and this governor of california created $1 1.9 million jobs and this is the most important time of california, a return to prosperity. bill: something california wanted for years and it is a big job for whomever will be the next governor and that is the democratic candidate, jerry brown and this political ad, he has tough competition and this will be one of the races to watch without questions.
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56 days and counting, meg whitman is the republican candidate for governor of california. and former ceo of ebay and with me in studio. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. bill: he has enormous name recognition in the state of california and he has been in the game for decades an rasmussen reports, shows you up 8 points, 48-40 and all the polls together and you have a 3-4 lead which is within the margin of probability, suggesting it could go either way and why is the race so close at the moment. >> well, first of all, jerry is an icon in california politician and has been in politics 40 years and has run for practically every office and is absolutely, you know, the protector of the status quo and the entrenched interests and we live in a democratic state and republicans have a 14 point voter registration deficit to democrats and i am delighted we are even or slightly ahead. bill: you are happy with where you are at the moment. >> very happy. bill: and jerry brown, we're hearing in california he went to tv with the first ad and you spent a lot of your own money,
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100 million, plus and if you are spending that much money and he's just going on tv now, what suggests why it is so... >> what happened over the summer was the unions, the public employee unions spent $15 million, attacking me. and, that is because jerry brown is the special interest candidate, he's bought and paid for by the public employee unions and one of the good things about me using a lot of my own money is i don't owe anyone anything, except for the voters of california and i will go to sacramento without having to worry about ious, and jerry ends up as governor, the public employee unions will be there to collect their ious. bill: you are right, labor is spending millions -- >> they are not done. bill: from the oakland county federation, said you will not be surprised to see meg whitman in an apron asking you if you want a bugger and asking for fries with na you, you say that. >> i am the candidate who will
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create 2 million private sector jobs. >> how will you do that, i know you have said that for months, two million jobs, five years, given this economy, and, the state of affairs in the golden state, how is that possible. >> well, no candidate, that has ever run for governor of california knows more than i do and small businesses have to lead us out of the veegs and we'll do targeted tax cuts to get them hiring again and i want to eliminate the start-up tax and no matter how big a business you start to start you have to pay the start an $800 an llcc and want to increase the r&d tax credit and eliminate the taxes in california and i want to streamline regulations. and, every small business that i have seen in california, and i have done 600 events in almost all 58 counties, they say regulation is killing them. and i ran in tow a guy who wanted to open a pizza parlor in east central l.a. the other day, and it took him 12 months to get the permits to only the pizza parlor. think about that for a minute. bill: i don't want to harp on this too much but it is a big deal in the campaign, a big part of who you are, as a business
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woman. >> absolutely. bill: and, the internet start-ups, and you led to it a billion dollar company. and, with it, you made a lot of money. >> yes. bill: how does your campaign differ if you don't have $100 million of your own money in the campaign. >> it makes it hard in california, because, the unions are very powerful, and, jerry brown is the entrenched candidate who defended the unions, for over four years, and he was the governor that gave the public employee unions the right to collective bargain. bill: and are you -- if that's the case -- >> you woiuld end up being owne by a different set of special interests and it is an advantage because i'm independent and i can go to sacramento and do what is right for the people of california. bill: jerry brown called you wall street whitman, i believe. and he's quick with a phrase as you know, are you vulnerable to those connections, knowing wall street is note most popular, given the playground these days in america. >> i would probably call jerry brown bought by the union brown and bought and sold and paid for
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by the unions, jerry brown and you know what? i have been in business 30 years and i'm a main street ceo, not a wall street ceo. and what we did at ebay was create a trading platform for small businesses and today, over a million people make most if not all of their living selling on ebay and we enabled individuals to get the california dream and intethe american dream, by -- >> i appreciate your time today and we've reached out to jerry brown's office and hopefully he'll take us up on our invitation and we'll bring him onto get his perspective, meg whitman, thanks, it will be great to watch. >> thanks, good to see you. >> good to see you in new york. juliet. juliet: thank you very much, bill, we're awaiting a briefing from nasa on the fate of those chilean miners trapped for weeks in the collapsed mine, how can the space agency help them survive the next few months. bill: can you imagine? i can't imagine. a high school that specializes in environmental sciences is named after the former vice president, al gore. should be quite an honor.
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juliet: wait until you hear this one. bill: or maybe not, huh?
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bill: we have a fox news weather alert, southeastern texas, remember the tropical storm that turned ferocious late yesterday, hermine? came on shore with the city of houston, in its cross-hairs and the tornado warning means one has been spotted and, it -- i don't know if it is on the ground but a spotting of a tornado has taken place down there in texas. juliet: yikes. bill: there's a shot of the sky, dark and ominous weather is moving through houston and they are used to flash flooding and expected to get a lot of rain
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from the tropical storm that moved on shore and now... and if you are in this area, the word has gone out in effect for another 10 or 15 minutes, so, take the necessary precautions, if you are living in the houston area, right now. fox news, weather alert. juliet: they are used to dealing with people out of this world, not under it. and nasa is stepping up to help the miners trapped deep underground in chile, and the team of two medical doctors, psychologists, and software engineers arrived in chile a week ago, steve harrigan is live in miami and what can nasa do to help these guys. >> reporter: nasa has a lot of experience in dealing with astronauts who undergo long periods of isolation, of course what we are seeing now with 33 miners trapped a half mile under ground, it is completely unprecedented. and they have been under there a month, right now and nasa can help with some things like organizing the miners' behavior, separating night and day and perhaps, even, technically, helping with a capsule that will pull them to the surface and as far as the rescue effort stands
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now, they are drilling from three different places, plans, a, b and c, and the best case scenario, those miners will begin to be pulled out, two months from now in the slowest case scenario, three months from from you and a total of four months under grounded. juliet. juliet: i can't imagine and what about the conditions down there? i understand they have been improving a bit? >> reporter: the conditions definitely have improved, 33 miners are now getting hot food sent down and medicines and things like that as well but as conditions have improved they are getting more demanding as well and have asked for cigarettes, and wine and even food and the requests have been refused and the families above ground, too, were recently rebuked this weekend by the government ministers who said remember this is a rescue effort, not a fiesta, juliet.
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bill: want some irony? juliet: sure, irony. bill: i got your irony! los angeles environmental school was built on a contaminated site, activists say there are drums that belong to factories but administrators say the cool is safe and removed all the toxic soil and will monitor the groundwater on a regular basis. six hundred fifty students have to start school there next monday. juliet: their parents must be thrilled about that. bill: was that a

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